Mark is Counsel in the New York office of Reed Smith and a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Group.
Mark’s practice is focused on helping companies in New York and around the world manage their workplace needs. To that end, Mark counsels clients on a variety of day-to-day and also big-picture workplace issues. These issues include policy development and compliance; risk assessment and litigation avoidance; compliance with anti-discrimination/harassment and other equal employment opportunity laws; wage and hour compliance; conducting and overseeing internal investigations of sexual harassment and other allegations; hiring, discipline, discharge, reduction-in-force, and restructuring decisions; enforcement of non-competes and other restrictive covenants; drafting employment, independent contractor, separation, and other workplace-related agreements; government audits and investigations; and a wide variety of other employment issues. In addition, Mark frequently provides workplace training to managers and human resource professionals, and has drafted employee handbooks and individual workplace policies to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local law.
Mark also defends employers in a wide range of employment litigation matters. He has experience in both federal and state court, as well as before a multitude of government agencies, and has defended both single-plaintiff and class action claims involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour violations, leaves of absence, misappropriation of trade secrets, and other torts and contract disputes arising out of the employment relationship. Mark has also represented clients in litigation involving covenants not to compete. Mark works with clients at every step of the litigation process to determine which cases should be litigated, which should be resolved in an alternative forum, and which can and should be settled.
Mark also advises clients on all aspects of employment-related issues in corporate transactions. This includes conducting due diligence in connection with proposed asset and stock purchases; reviewing and editing purchase agreements; preparing employment, retention, and separation agreements in connection with business mergers/restructurings; advising clients as to how best to onboard employees of predecessor companies; and assisting in the implementation of separation/mass layoff programs resulting from corporate transactions.
During law school, Mark served as a legislative aide to New York State Assemblyman Jonathan Bing.